It’s been over a year since this blog saw a new post. In a way it feels like yesterday when I was writing my last review. I still remember sitting at Harbinger Coffee, my favorite shop here in town, finishing up and hitting publish on that post.
That was the middle of January…
At the end of January… I got a call saying I was going to be losing my job.
Six weeks later… my husband lost his job.
Six weeks after that… we found out we were pregnant.
There’s a quote I have loved for many years and held onto in seasons of transition:
An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered. An adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.
2016 kicked off with some pretty big inconveniences – most definitely not timing we would have planned ourselves. But in the end it all worked out. I started my own business. My husband found a job working at a company he loves. And right before the end of the year, we brought this adorable tiny human into the world.
William Elliott Pohl – 12/20/2016 6:48 am – 7 lb. 15 oz. 21 in.
While I certainly didn’t play as many board games in 2016 as I did in 2015, there were still many games played and great adventures were had. Here’s a quick recap of my year via Twitter.
— Anno Pohl (@nanoanno) January 10, 2016
— Boardgame Corner (@BoardgameCorner) February 19, 2016
Tim Fowers came into town and we played Burgle Bros. with a custom wooden tower and fancy flashing lights. If you haven’t played Burgle Bros. and you enjoy co-ops – definitely give this one a shot!
— Anno Pohl (@nanoanno) March 23, 2016
I discovered the magic of an app called Blackbox. It’s not a board game, but holy crap it’s so puzzly and so FUN.
— Anno Pohl (@nanoanno) March 30, 2016
I dove into the world of LCGs (Living Card Games) for the first time. I’m still playing and still building decks and still have ZERO idea how to play with a strategy. But hey, it’s fun :)
— Boardgame Corner (@BoardgameCorner) April 30, 2016
— Brawling Brothers (@BrawlingBros) May 27, 2016
I was able to attend one day of Heavy Con and had an absolute blast playing games that are a little more intense than my norm. We played Keyflower, Concordia, Oh My Goods, Joraku, and, of course, The Climbers. Heavy Con is a top notch con, by the way. If you’re into heavier games, this one is not to be missed.
YOU GUYS. I painted my first mini today! ?? I even have paint on my fingernail to prove it. pic.twitter.com/GKHaIA8Et5
— Anno Pohl (@nanoanno) June 4, 2016
I painted my first mini and…
The wheel spins in life. Sometimes you get a surprise. Due in December. pic.twitter.com/jtZQL66cJL
— Anno Pohl (@nanoanno) June 6, 2016
we told the world that we landed on the baby space!
— Boardgame Corner (@BoardgameCorner) June 17, 2016
The whole Boardgame Corner team attended Denver Comic Con and had a blast representing board games. (I also got an 11″ by 17″ Artist’s Proof of Issue #1 of The Walking Dead and Tony Moore was there to sign it.)
— Anno Pohl (@nanoanno) July 4, 2016
We moved in April… so I added a new self and updated my shelfie.
— Anno Pohl (@nanoanno) July 16, 2016
Pokémon Go was released and MY CHILDHOOD DREAMS CAME TRUE. Seriously, this game is everything the 9 year old version of myself could have hoped for. Collecting and trading cards? Battling and winning pins at Books-A-Million? Pokémon Go is all of this IN REAL LIFE.
— Anno Pohl (@nanoanno) August 5, 2016
We made a last minute decision to drive back to Indiana with our good friend Ben for GenCon! It was a blast and I loved seeing old friends and meeting new friends from The Dice Tower, Brawling Brothers, Shut Up & Sit Down, and The Daily Worker Placement.
— Anno Pohl (@nanoanno) September 24, 2016
We played a TON of games that we picked up at GenCon. Spoiler alert: Pandemic Reign of Cthulhu was hands down my favorite. (And I don’t even like Cthulhu.)
— Boardgame Corner (@BoardgameCorner) October 22, 2016
— Anno Pohl (@nanoanno) October 31, 2016
For Halloween, I dressed the little dude as a Pokéball and made an Ash cosplay for the hubs <3
— Haunted Game Cafe (@HauntedGameCafe) November 6, 2016
— Anno Pohl (@nanoanno) December 11, 2016
Boardgame Corner recorded a video of our Top 16 Games of 2016. (Full post on this coming soon.)
William Elliott Pohl – December 20, 2016 6:48am, 7lb. 15oz., 21in. ? pic.twitter.com/fGIwv2Q6dY
— Anno Pohl (@nanoanno) December 20, 2016
In 2016, I played many, many games to pass the time leading up to this little guy’s arrival. Hands down, this was the best day of the year :)
So, what’s in store for 2017?
So far I’ve only had 3 game days in 2017. That’s right… two months and only three days of gaming. (But I do get baby snuggles every day, so don’t feel too bad for me!) I’ve come to realize that while board games are still and will always be a passion of mine, right now they’re just not the highest thing on my priority list.
That said, I don’t want to completely abandon this blog altogether. Here are my goals:
- Monthly Replays: I realize that a Weekly Replay is total overkill for this stage of my life. So many weeks would be completely radio silent. But a monthly recap? That should be doable. I expect I’ll be playing at least one game every month :)
- Game Fest: As of right now, Game Fest in Denver is the only Con on my “for sure attending” list. I plan to write up a full recap once I return.
- Heavy Con: While I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to attend every day of Heavy Con with a 5 month old baby, I’m really crossing my fingers to at least make it down for one day.
- Reviews: From time to time I will be recording video reviews with Boardgame Corner. Whenever this happens, I’d love to accompany it with a full written review as well.
2016 was a great year and I have the feeling 2017 will be as well… whatever “adventures” are thrown my way.